The 8 Best Restaurants in Windsor, CA

The lush Windsor Town Green, in Windsor, CA

If you’re in Windsor, CA to try the best Russian River wines, working your way along the Russian River winery trail can drum up an appetite – or, require one before you start the day’s tastings!

Windsor is a quaint North Bay town near Santa Rosa, and its best restaurants feature a quintessential Californian focus on farm-to-table, fresh, locally-sourced produce.

You’ll find many of our favorite picks for the best restaurants in Windsor around downtown Windsor’s expansive Town Green, where the Windsor Farmer’s Market hosts local restaurants, artisans, and vendors every first Sunday from September to December.

Sonoma County airport – and Bricoleur Vineyards – lies to the south of Windsor, with Healdsburg to the north.

If you want to try the best of Windsor restaurants, note that many are closed one or two days a week – often Mondays – so be sure to check the business’ hours below.

Looking for a unique dinner at a vineyard? Check out our artisanal food and wine pairing experiences here.

1. Sweet T’s Restaurant + Bar

Sweet T’s is a Sonoma County favorite for southern comfort food and mouthwatering barbecue. The restaurant has garnered multiple awards for best-in-class American fare in Sonoma, including the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 2023.

From appetizers like the ¼ pound BBQ Teaser, to the tri-tip french dip sandwich, cajun gumbo, or classic catfish platter for mains, and sweet potato bread pudding for dessert, it’s hard to leave hungry.

The house cocktail list offers classic drinks and unique house mixes, such as the “Smokestack Old Fashioned,” wreathed in cherry smoke, or a classic Manhattan, featuring house rye.

2. Tomi Thai

Local hometown legend Guy Fieri hails Tomi Thai as his go-to for Thai food in the area, admitting that he quite regularly orders takeout from here.

Tomi is open for lunch and dinner on weekdays, where you’ll find familiar favorites like spring rolls, Pad Thai, Drunken Noodles, and much more.

You can take away, dine in, or stroll over to the nearby Town Green to enjoy your local fare.

3. Maison Porcella

Maison Porcella is an artisanal French bistro in the heart of Windsor. The Maison offers painstakingly curated, locally-sourced charcuterie and French provisions, with all organic, free-range, and hormone-free ingredients.

Owner and executive chef Jean-Baptiste studied the art of charcuterie for years, traveling the world until he landed in Sonoma, where he found the perfect farm-to-table foundation for the Maison.

Open for lunch (Tues to Sat) and dinner (Tues to Fri), the family-owned bistro boasts all homemade fare, from curated meats to pâtés and pastries – including what some critics claim is Sonoma’s best Croque-Monsieur.

Guests may enjoy a dine-in experience or take away for their next wine and food picnic. Catering and private in-home chef experiences are also available.

4. Grata Italian Eatery

We all love a good happy hour – add homemade Italian food, and who wouldn’t want to join? Grata Italian Eatery offers both, a staple for classic Italian fare in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Stop in for lunch, dinner, or cocktails, and be sure to try house specialties such as the “Born In Roma,” with blackberry, limoncello, and club soda.

Family-size, takeaway meals and catering options are also available to make your next dinner party much easier – and much tastier.

5. KIN Windsor

Also by the town green in the heart of Windsor, KIN is the realized dream of restaurateurs JC Adams and Brad Barmore. The restaurant prides itself on its family friendly, family-focused setting and meals. In the words of JC and Brad, “when you sit at our table, you are KIN…”

KIN offers American comfort food with fresh, local ingredients in an intimate dining experience. Try a house cocktail such as the “Windsor Sour” alongside an artisan pizza, sandwich, or savory main such as the Fall Risotto or Lasagna Bolognese.

Large pickup orders and catering are also available, with 48-hour notice.

6. Himalayan Restaurant

The Press Democrat’s 2023 selection for the best Indian restaurant in Sonoma county, Himalayan Restaurant is the go-to for Nepalese and Indian cuisine in Windsor.

No matter if you like kabobs, tandoori, or curries – the restaurant offers adjustable spice levels to accommodate the bravest to the safest spice eater.

Butter chicken, garlic-basil naan, or any of the house tandoori are must-trys (it’s hard to go wrong, though). Takeout and catering are also available.

7. Pizzaleah

Owner and executive pizzaiolo Leah Scurto founded Pizzaleah to be the premier, artisanal pizza option in Windsor (and beyond).

All pizzas are handcrafted with local ingredients and fired in a brick oven, whether you fancy a signature, specialty pie on a hand-tossed thin crust, a pan pizza, or a custom, make-your-own pie.

Try their award-winning “Old Grey Beard,” adorned with Calabrian peppers and hot honey & orange zest, for a unique kick!

8. Umé | Japanese Bistro

Named for the Japanese plum, which signifies the advent of spring in Japan (and symbolizes fresh beginnings), Umé Japanese Bistro offers the freshest sushi, sashimi, and nigiri in the area – and at affordable price (check out their handy sushi primer to dive into the world of Japanese sushi cuisine).

The bistro also specializes in other Japanese favorites, including tempura, teriyaki, ramen, and udon. Custom catering services are also available upon request, either for a private in-house event or catered to your location.

Looking for Something Besides the Best Windsor Restaurants? Try a Dinner at a Winery Experience

Though less dense with restaurants than other areas in Sonoma County, Windsor boasts some of the best restaurants in many diverse food categories.

But in the Russian River Valley, you can’t forget about the wine.

If you’re looking for a special kind of food and wine experience for yourself, your family, or a larger group, we offer several curated food and wine pairing experiences.

We’re only a little ways from the quaint dining scene of Windsor. So, whether you’re looking for:

Be sure to schedule a visit here. We hope to see you at our proudly family-owned winery in Windsor soon!

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